Lois Tomlinson Wilkes, 94, of Lynchburg, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at Runk & Pratt Nursing Home in Forest. She was born on November 14, 1918 in Bedford County a daughter of the late James Smith Tomlinson and Lola Reynolds Tomlinson. In addition to her parents, Lois was preceded in death by her loving husband, Samuel Oscar Wilkes; four brothers, Edward Tomlinson, Smiley Tomlinson, Sr., Frank Tomlinson, Preston Tomlinson; and five sisters, Lillie T. Hudson, Lucy T. Bulis, Annie T. Ogden, Floy T. Staton and Hazel T. Arrington. Lois was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Lynchburg and Order of The Eastern Star. She loved her church where she worked in the nursery and also played in the bell choir. She loved reading and spending time with her family and friends. She also had a tremendous love for children. Lois is survived by a sister-in-law, Lois T. Knight of Lynchburg; two special nieces, Judith A. Layne and husband, O. Preston of Bedford and Jane O. Fields and her husband, Warren â€œWinkieâ€ of Forest; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nursery Program at Calvary Baptist Church, 20957 Timberlake Road., Lynchburg, VA 24502 or Alzheimerâ€™s Association Great Richmond, 1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 306, Charlottesville, VA 22901. A celebration of Loisâ€™s life will be conducted at 1:00 PM, Monday, January 7, 2013 at Tharp Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Louis Beckwith, Jr. officiating. Burial followed in Spring Hill Cemetery. To send condolences online, please visit www.tharpfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, (540)-586-3443.
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Published in Bedford Bulletin from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2013